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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH.
PAGES 9 TO Bp ! SECOND PART. IS t i NOW FIRST; SA SERIES OF SHORT STORIES By J. Marsden Sutcliffe, ENTITLED , THE KOMMCE OF M ItfSURAMJE OFFICE, Beisc Passages in the Experience of He. AUGUSTUS WILLIAM "WEBBEE, "Formerly General Manager to the Universal Insurance Company. ALL SIGHTS Strange Disappearance of Mr. Constam. .Mr. Jerome Kohnstam came to England to await the issue of some speculations in -which he was engaged, and arrived in Lon don on that memorable day in June when the news came to hand of Wellington's vic tory over Kapoleon on the field ot "Water loo. That great battle, which brought death and desolation to countless thousands and secured to Europe 40 years of uninter rupted peace, laid the foundations of Sir. Kohn&tam's prodigious wealth. He was well on for middle life when he first came to our friendly shores, and had hitherto suffered many a rude buffet at the hands of that fickle goddess who is said to preside over the affairs of men, dividing to them their unequal lots. But when the crashing of city bells from a hundred steeples, the roar of artillery, and the thousand and one manifestations of the delight of a people suddenly gone delirious with joy, pro claimed to the world that Kapoleon had suffered defeat, and the allied armies were even then marching on Paris, everything was suddenly changed to this man, who had hitherto been the Bport of ill-natured .Fortune. ' It happened in this way. "When Mr. Kohnstam heard that Napoleon had broken loose from Elba, he arrived at the conclu sion that the result would prove disastrous to the Emperor, and that the game now to be played might be turned to good account for the improvement of his own private for tune. He was too astute a politician to en tertain a doubt that Europe would band itself against "the uncaged lion," and that after one brief, glorious struggle, the man who had bestridden Europe like a Colossus would "fall, never to rise again." For one brief moment after the escape from Elba, Europe held its breath in an agony of ter ror. This interval of alarm was seized upon by Mr. Kohnstam as the flood-tide in his affairs, which, rightly met, would "lead on to fortune." "When many timid specu lators were seized with panic fear, Mr. Kohnstam kept his head cool and his cour age firm. He immediately staked his all on "the fortune of war," and arrived in London to find his fore cast justified in time to thrust his sickle into the golden harvest which had sprung up suddenly to reward his ad venturous sowing. In word, Mr. Kohn stam, who left Antwerp with one gold coin in his pocket, found, when he reached thereati:ity, that his friend, Theodore Constantine, tad carried out his instruc tions to the letter, and for the first time in his life he wrote himself down a capitalist. He decided to abide in the land, where for once in his troubled history a goodly shock of the sheaves had fallen to his reaping hook, and, establishing himself in London in the Turkey trade, he took his friend Con stantine into partnership, assigning to him a seventh share of the profits of the new un dertaking, in commendation of the zeal and intelligence shown by him in carrying out the instructions which he had ended so for tunately. Before seven years had rolled by Mr. Kohnstam was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in the city. To what country Mr. Jerome Kohcstam's forbears belonged, it would have puzzled him to say. He was a Levantine by birth; but beyond the fact that his ancestors were not Asiatic, he knew little of hisfamily history. He fondly cherished the impres sion that the blood ot the Hellas ran in his veins, a supposition to which the Greek cast of his handsome face lent some corrobora tion. But it was seldom that Mr. Kohn stam allowed his thoughts to travel in this direction. If not an Asiatic, he had all the needle-like sharpness which marks certain branches of the tribe of Shem, in pursuit of the affairs of trade; and whilst commerce engaged all his care he was under no temp tation to trouble himself about his progeni tors. For ten years after settling in England, Mr. Kohnstam stifled the domestic affections, which were strong within him, and lived single. To the remonstrances of friends who urged him to marry, he invariably returned the same reply; he had not time to think about it. The one mistress whom he loved with a touch of passion was the goddess Fortune, who after many slights had deigned at last to smile upon him. A time came when the wealth for which he had schemed and toiled far exceeded his most sane-nine expectations, and could no longer fill his heart He was ambitions, too, in a way in which his rapidly filling coders did nothing to satisfy. He became bitten with the English passion, to found a family and become lord paramount over a wide domain. Even visions of a possible coronet began to cross his mind. The days of merchant princes, with wealth outvying the possessions of the proudest among the English nobility, were only beginning then; and the social line be tween the mighty kings of commerce and that which calls itself society was drawn with a sharpness aud depth entirely un known in these Democratic- times. Mr. Kohnstam made a hard fight to mount above the lower city firmament, but his efforts to soar to that bine empyrean which basked in the smiles of the court were doomed to dis appointment. He was a great man in the city where, however, helought shy of city honors but west of Temple Bar his glories suffered total and irremediable eclipse. Baffled in his purpose to secure the social footing to which he thought his wealth en titled him, he swore in his wrath that the blood of the Kohnstams should yet inter mingle with the bluest in the realm of En gland. Mr. Kohnstam was a man to keep his word. His worst enemy would not have declared of him that he was of the kind to let the grass grow under his feet. Hia vow was no sooner registered than he began to lay matters in train to bring about its ful fillment. He heard that a fine estate, be longing to an illustrious but impoverished family, was in the market, and resolved upon its purchase. Greystoke Court was situated in one of the fairest of the English midland counties, abont 130 miles from London. Mr. Kohn stam hurried away as fast as a post-chaise drawn by four horses could carry him. It was noon when he set out, but on the morn ing of the fifth day he had com pleted a close inspection of Greystoke and its demesnes, and accompanied by his lawyer was . engaged with the family solicitors in London, in negotiating the purchase. When the caril lon of the old Gtock Exchange rang out its chimes at the hour of noon to the tunc of "There's nae luck aboot the house," Mr. Kohnstam emerged tram a street close by, the happy owner or Greystoke estate, with a rent-roll that as times went might fairly be called princely. He left his law- PUBLISHED. RESERVED. 1 vers with instructions to have the estate strictly entailed; and thinking to eliminate something of the foreign appearance of his name, he took ont letters-patent to assume the name of Constam, which he imagined would impart to his patronymic a more English look while preserving in the sound sufficient of its former identity to satisfy his pride in his supposed Greek extraction. The next step was to get a wife, and here again Mr. Constam, as we must begin to write his name, exhibited his usual prompti tude. He hastened to unbosom himself of his matrimonial intentions to his junior partner. Theodore Constantine made no attempt to conceal his satisfaction when he learnt that the lady whom Mr. Constam had singled out for the intended honor was'his own daughter, Thyrza. He avowed him self most flattered by the preference, and declared his readiness to prepare his beauti ful Thyrza for Mr. Constant's meditated attack on the virgin citadel of her heart. Thyrza Constantine was a beautiful wom an of five-and-twenty, of the purest Greek type, and in the fulness of her charms. It might have been thought that a woman so voung and fair, with none of the early freshness of feeling departed, good and ami able, too, deserved a better fate than to mate with a man who was at least SO years her senior. Such a disparity in years was a gulf not easily to be bridged over. On the other hand, it might have been argued that Mr. Constam, if no longer yonng, was well preserved, and was gifted with the qualities which might be trusted to secure the happi ness of any woman who would confide her future to his keeping. He bad led no riot ous yonth to impair his constitution, and although time, and the cares of his earlier years, had silvered his locks, they had abat ed nothing from his height, or the firmness andelasticity of his step. He was still as straight as a poplar, well knit and wiry.and bade lair to "make old bones." Add to that an excellent heart, and what more would you have? Mr. Constam's courtship supplied a fresh illustration of the old adage: Happy is the wooing That's not long a-doing. "Within a month after he had become Lord of the Manor of Greystoke and sundry other seignorial rights, Thyrza Constantine had been made the mistress ot Greystoke Court, They were married quietly within the time worn walls of Greystoke Church. Mr. Constam's" strength of will was equaled by the tenacity of purpose which occupied the bosom of the regal lady who, after a brief honeymoon, returned to Grey stoke, to play the role of a loving and de voted wife to her huEband, and Lady Bountiful to the poor of the neighborhood, with which the fortunes of the house of Con stam had become tntwined. She had been easily prevailed upon to enter into her hus band's social views, and was precisely the woman to assist him to the realization of his ambition. "When, after a brief but -happy married life of three years, her hus band- died, and was -buried in the vanlts which contained the bones of dead-and-gone Templetoris for six centuries past, she gave herself up entirely to the interests of the little Constantine Constam, dear to her for his dead father's sake as well as his own, and dear, too, as the frail argosy which car ried such precious hopes. Mrs. Constam had often heard her hus band quote the remark: "It takes three generations to make a gentleman." She re solved to abbreviate that period bv one generation. If her ambition, like that of her departed husband's, was a little vulgar, it could not be denied by her most bitter critics that she displayed' all the instincts and feelings of a true gentlewoman one of nature's own making. Her charities were lavish without ostentation. On the few oc casions when the opportunity to show herself uospuaoie was anorueo ner, sne discharged the duties of hostess with an unassnming grace and kindliness, which did more than her undoubted beautv, or the compassion felt for her in her early widowhood, to thaw the icy reserve with which "the county" had resented what they termed the "Con stam invasion." She bore herself as a well-bred woman of gracious mien, and in time became a social success; so that when the young Constantine had 'been plunged into the aristocratic Lethe ot .ton and Christ Church, where plebeian stains and memories were washed away, she contrived to marry her son to her liking. Eor, although Edith Kewnham bronght no fortune to Constantine, and was only the daughter of a baronet, she brought a coat-of-arms. with quarterings enough to have puzzled the whole College of Heralds, if haply they had been required to trace out the various branches and twigs of the Kewnham stock. Constautine's career was a brief one. He was killed in the bunting field three months before his first child was bom. Even the memory of the recent tragic death of his father conld not cast a gloom over the re joicings at Greystoke, when Kewnham Con stam, the third of his race, was born. The mother's heart was comforted in her sorrow over the untimely death of her husband, who had been snatched from her ere the orange blossoms which had bloomed on her fair young brow as a bride had had time to wither. Mrs. Constam, the elder, naturally rejoiced that when the stock had been re morselessly cut down a young and healthy shoot had appeared, leaving to old Jerome Constam a name and a representative in the land of his adoption Huge casks of beer were immediately broached and bells set ringing; and when the tiny Kewnham was carried for baptism across the park to the gray ivy-covered church which stands just outside the park gates at the entrance of the village of Greystoke, he was conducted through a perfect avenue of tenants and re tainers who were holding high festivity in honor of the little squire, while the women called down blessings on his bonnie face. It is the strange disappearance of this Kewn ham Constam we have to relate. IL Kewnham's coming of age was celebrated with even greater festivity than signalized his birth. By this time thereproach of trade no longer sullied the name of Constam. Kewnham was regarded as much a lord of the soil as if his ancestors had struck their roots in Greystoke centuries back. "He is quite one of us," one old dowager was heard to remark. Accordingly when the choice of the young Squire of Greystoke fell on the beautiful but lightly-portioned daughter of the Earl of Selincourt no im pediment interfered with the success of his wooing. "He will make handsome settlements," Lord Selincourt whispered in the ear of his wife, when that observant lady drew the at tention of her sponse to the marked manner with which Kewnham Constam was singling out the fair Lady Barbara for his favors, during the festivities which celebrated the coming of the young man into his kingdom. Lady Selincourt murmured a smiling .assent to this ohvions commonplace. But whatever mercenary thoughts may have glanced through the minds of her par ents, assuredly none lodged in the maiden heart of the Lady Barbara herself, who com bined with her sang bleu the guileless inno PITTSBURG, cence of a child. Kewnham Constam had the frame of a young Hercules, and a face like a Greek god. He had inherited the proud, classic oeauty of his grandmother, and his English education, which had been carefully watched over, had formed him into the modelof an English gentleman, with a certain dignity of carriage happily blended with an amiable disposition and winning manners. He looked like a young hero who deserved to be loved for'his own sake, without reference to the broad acres of which he was lord. Barbara's heart was carried by storm, and when he" poured into her delighted ears his love plaints and vows of eternal affection, she returned him love tor love, and vow for vow. One cloud, however, rested upon this promising alliance a clond that was des tined to grow in volume until it broke and turned the joy into direct mourning. A neighboring squire, Mr. Bretterly, of Bretterly Hall (a man at least ten years Kewnham's senior), considered him self an abnsed man when tidings of the im pending marriage went abroad. He, too, had been enslaved by the bright beauty of Lady Barbara, and, whether rightly or wrongly, considered that the lady had shown him marked signs of her prelerence. In this, Mr. Bretterly's vanity had prob ably misled him; although he was able to plead that Lord Selincourt himself had shown himself warmly disposed to the Bretterly alliance, until Kewnbam's return from his travels and the ardor with which he pressed his suit had suggested a more eligible match for his daughter. Mr. Bretterly's fury was unbounded when he heard of the betrothal, and he so far lost his self-control as to threaten condign pun ishment on his false love and his treacherous friend; for so he was pleased to speak of them. But whatever passions may have consumed him, he contrived after the first explosive outburst to keep his chagrin to himself. He congratulated the young couple on their engagement with seeming heartiness; and when after a brief courtship the day of their nuptials drew near, his presents excited general admiration for their' costliness and the evidence they furnished of the elegance of their donor's taste. As events turned out, there can be no doubt that in all this Mr Bretterly was playing a deep game and preparing the way for the execution of a deeplv-laid scheme of vengeance. Behind a mask of friendship he was craftily concealing the bold design of acquiring a complete ascendancy over Kewnham's mind, in order that he might the more surely lure him to his rnin. If he could orily succeed in hurling Kewnham down from his proud eminence stripping him of his fortune, and beggaring him in name and reputation he might look upon the desolation brought about by his Machia vellian devices as a compensation for the blow his proud heart had received. The mUchief could not have been fore seen. "Wiin would have suspected behind that smiling exterior, those gracious man ners which Mr. Bretterly knew so well how to assume, the elements of a plot? And, more than all, that behind valuable ser vices (for such they seemed to be) sponta neously rendered with an air of good-fellowship, there lurked a deliberate purpose to wrecK two Uvesr -But so it was. Many months had not rolled by before shrewd observers, who had heard and treasured up Mr. Bretterly's threats in the day ot his wrath, shooKtneir heads gravely as they Saw him obtaining an influence over Kewpham which boded ill for Grey stoke Court and its inmates. "Lookers on see mot of the game." So it was here. It gradually became apparent to the more dis cerning that whilst Mr. Bretterly always contrived that his actions should wear the appearance of friendly efforts to serve Kewn ham's interests and advance him in the county, he was ever leading him into some fresh extravagance, which, growing like ever-descending snowflakes into an ava lanche, must inevitably involve him in the long run in irretrievable disaster. Mr. Bretterly was too wily a tactician to hurry the accomplishment of his purposes. He was content with small measures to be gin with; patient to wait for the slow de velopment of his plans, where hasty measures might have had the effect of put ting his victim on his guard, and thwarting the vengeance which never slept. He took the first step when the master ship ot the hounds was offered him. "When "the Dnke" resigned this position, on the Elea that now he had bicome too old to unt the county shonld look out for some younger man to lead them in their sports, especially as the heir-apparent to the Duke dom, a distant cousin, was not a hunting man, Mr. Bretterly's enthusiasm for field sports marked him out as the man to fill the vacancy. Mr. Bretterly caught at this opportunitv to commence his mining operations against the young Squire of Greystoke, by declin ing the honor for himself, and working bard to secure Kewnham's nomination to the vacant honor. The county demurred to the selection, but as Mr. Constam was personally popular, Mr. Bretterly succeeded in bring ing round objectors to his views, with the result that the dazzling honor was laid at Kewnham's feet, and Mr. Bretterly began to acquire that complete ascendancy over the mind of his victim, which led to snch deplorable results as are about to be nar rated. The truth must he told; Kewnham's head was completely turned bv the flatter ing proposal, while the little Lady Barbara fairly clapped her baby-like hands over the sudden greatness so unexpectedly thrust upon her husband. Kewnham had not forgotten that his grandfather had been a foreigner, of doubt ful extraction, who owed his success to a lucky coup made in a speculative venture on the issue of the last straggle between Kapoleon and the Allied Powers. Kow that it was proposed to him to succeed "the Duke," the temptation to submit himself to be branded with the social hall-mark im plied proved irresistible. "Was not this the part which family tradition had predestined him to play? As for .Bretterly's goodness in consenting to waive his personal claims in favor of his friend, it was something al most unheard of. Kewnham could not find words warm enough to express his gratitude and his sense of Mr. Bretterly's great ser vice and "noble generosity," He inaugurated his reign by determining that he would not be outdone by "the Duke." The county would find that they had not misplaced their confidence. He formed an Immediate resolution to build new stables, which would cast the far-famed stables at Mountcastle(the Duke's seat) in to the shade; a resolution which needed no fanning Irom Bretterly to keep it alive. But when once he set out on the path' of ex travagant and ridiculous expenditure, Bret terly took good, care that the young squire should not stand in want oi new excuses for launching- out still further. He infected SATUKDAY, FEBRITARY 16, 1889. Kewnbam's mind with a passion for thor oughbreds, on which yast sums were lavish ly squandered, to a tune that called forth a temperate but firmly worded remonstrance from Ballard, the steward. But once started on this wild career, Mr. Constam paid little attention to remon strances, which he brushed aside with con temptuous good humor, He heard of the wonders at Mountcastle, only to dream of the ways in which he could emul.4M, if, he could not out-rival the wildest eccentrici ties of the most eccentric- Duke who was ever decorated with the strawberry leaf. Bretterly was ever at his elbow to give him counsel when wanted. He was his Me phistopheles, too, to spnrhim on with some new extravagance when he showed signs of fagging; always contriving, however, that every new departure should appear to be the spontaneous result of Kewnbam's own mind and will, and not the product of the direct prompting of his fidus Achates. It would be tedious to trace the successive steps by which the unsuspecting squire was lured onward to the ruin planned for him. A fine inheritance was not dissi pated so far as a strictly entailed estate could be dissipated in a day. Bretterly's schemes were spread over a serious of years, during which this Machiavellian tempter never once dropped the mask. It was not to be supposed that so redoubtable a patron of the field sports of his native country as Mr. Constam was, should not sooner or later discover a warm interest in the turf; or that when this proved to be the case, that Bret terly should prove wanting in skill to di rect the new pleasure to the furtherance of his deeply laid plot to bring about Kewn bam's ruiu. The turf, and a certain well known club where high stakes were played for nightly, gradually, completed what had been begun in simple extravagance. There were rumors after a great race, when money was risked which might have proved dis composing to the nerves of a million aire, that Mr. Constam's horse was "pulled;" certainly, instead of coming in first, which was declared to be "a moral," it came in last. Ihese rumors were never cleared up. There was no evidence of their truth to be obtained. If "The Pride of Greystoke" had been "pulled," it had been done too cleverly to admit of detection. Notwithstanding, there are old "turfites" who still remember that race,and who assert to this day that Constam's horse was "pulled." Kewham turned pale as he viewed the I disaster, but displayed no other signs of ' emotion. The pallor deepeaed on his handsome face three days later, when he and Ballard, his steward, sat in the panneled-oak library at Greystoke Court as a Committee ot ways and'Means. "When he spread out a sched ule of his "debts of honor," not inclnding moneys which "that dear old fellow, Bret terly, had lent him, and learnt that bis treasury was empty and his tenantry were bftterly complaining of rents screwed: up to meet the claims incurred by his extrava gance, Mr. Constam',8 spirit groaned within him, and he turned pale to the very lips. ""What are we to do, Ballard," he asked disconsolately, while mentally cursing hi tolly, as the bitter consequence of his wild career for the first time dawned upon him. "The worst of it is, squire," the steward replied, with his hand on the rough calcula tion lying before him, "that these are little more than half vour'liabilities." "Quite so," Kewnham rejoined; "these are only, the claims that must be provided for immediately. The restmuit stand over." "Pardon me," squire, that cannot be, The whole position must be faced at once. I was just saying that these claims are only part ot what must.be looked at Do you know, squire, that when the contracts for all this building which is going on are added to this list of vours, the sum total, as nearly as I can reckon, is equivalent to the rentroll of the estate for the next five years?" "What!" shouted Kewnham, springing from his chair. "That is so, squire, and I should not be far out if I were to say that it will take ten years of cheese-paring economy before every Incumbrance is cleared off the estate." "Still, you do not say what is to be done," Kewnham went on, impatiently, as the full measure of the disaster became, more clearly revealed to him. "I can find a way out of all difficulties, if you will only be amenable to reason, squire." Ballard replied. "The principal difficulty is yourself, sir." "I don't take you, Ballard. 'Pon my word, I don't take you. I can't for the life of me make out what it is you are driving at now." "Listen, squire. If you were out of the way, and 1 were acting under power of at torney for you, it would go hard with Joe Ballard if this estate was not as free from an charges oeiore seven years are over my head as it was when you came into it. I would raise a mortgage on the rents for the next seven years, covering the risk by a policy of insurance. I would pay offt every claim, including such of these building con tracts as are not voidable. Such of them as are voidable I would break. By dint of economy seven years' time would enable us to repay principal and interest." "Ana then 'the king would enjoy his own again,' " Kewnham exclaimed, smilingly, quoting the old Cavalier song. "Exactly!" Ballard replied, laconically. "Ballard, you are a trump," Kewnham said excitedly. "You have my full permis sion to act in this matter as you think best." "Have I?" the steward remarked dryly. "Wait a moment, sqnire, until you hear the conditions. You must go abroad for this period, Go to Africa, ostrich shooting , if you like. Or, what do you say to India? There is big game to be had there, I'm told. You might do both, for that matter. Any way, go abroad and enjoy yourself in" a reasonable way. It sounds to sense, squire, that a fine young gentleman like you, full of animal spirits, must have something to do, and that's my recipe." This was quite a long speech for Ballard. He drew a long breath, preparatory to a further exposition of his views, which gave Kewnham the opportunity to ask, with an evident look ef dismay, and in low, pro longed tones, as of a man laboring nnder the deepest astonishment and seriously en tertaining doubts of his interlocutor's sanity: "Do I understand you to mean. Ballard,, that I am to qnit England; that is to say bid goodby to Lady Barbara and my chflt dren for seven years ? Man alive I wha can you be thinking of ? " "I am thinking,' said Ballard, speaking with deliberate emphasis, "lam thinking," he repeated, "how we are to avoid matters getting worse. Trust me, squire, that as soon as existing claims Are arranged for, it is your best plan to put the distance of the ocean between you and too certain tempta j tons to add to the load. In seven years you will have enjoyed many pleasures, seen many strange countries, and you will come back with such a fund of experience that you will know how to meet the temptations which have brought things to this pass, even if this kind of thing be a temptation to yon then, which I beg leave to question. Cut the whole connection, squire, and, believe me, you will never renew it.' There was wisdom in the trusty steward's counsel, and Kewnham knew it, little thongh he relished the prospect thus opened out. Well would it have been for him if ha had taken this sagacious advice. A bitter sorrow would have been saved to his fair young wife, and the dark fate menacing him would never have been his. Unfortu nately, he closed the conference hastily soon after, and rode over to see Bretterly, to whom he unbared the whole dismal position. The idea of raising a loan on the security ot the rents for the next seven years was eager ly seized upon by Bretterly and turned into a new temptation. "There is not the slightest reason," Bret terly said, "why you should expatriate your self for seven years, or for seven months. Mortgage your life interest in the estate right out. That will give you money to handle, and once in the possession of funds yon will feel more at your ease; and you know if vou can hold on. vou stand to nnll off something considerable on the next events." Bretterley's sinister counsels were taken. Ballard was not consulted, neither were the family solicitors. Kewnham felt a nat ural reluctance to bring a knowledge of this transaction before the old and trusted advis ers of his family. He gratefully acceptei Bretterly's offers of assistance in this mat ter, little imagining that Bretterly was joyfully assisting him to utter ruin. Bret terly's solicitors anted for him. The mort gage on the rents of the Greystoke estates during the lifetime of Kewnham Constam, and a policy with the Universal covered the mortgagee's risk. Mr. Constam's Mephistopheles was now more persistently at his elbow than ever. It wanted but one turn more of the screw and the victim would be pinned to the wall beyond remedy. Blindly following his mentor, Kewnham took the last step, and when the next Derby came on the sum he had borrowed was swept into the same net; and, worse still, he had "plunged" so badly that he Knew when settling day came he would be without funds to meet his "debts of honor," and that the Jockey Club would have something unpleasant to say. He returned to town with his own set, in a four-in-hand, driven by Bretterly, dined at his club for the last time, bearing his misfortunes lightly, and chatting with a gay insouciance which sat gracefullv on the shoulders of a man laboring uncfe'r so tre mendous a weight of misfortune. Kever had his mood been more joyous, his jokes more brilliant, or his laugh more cheerful. He took a hand at whist after dinner, and was a winner for some small sums. Then he rose from the table remarking that he would be back in five minutes. A moment later, the hail porter saw him qnit the club, leaving his light dust coat and stylish umbrella behind. From that time he was not seen in the flesh by any ot his intimates. A policeman met him a few yards from the Elysium walking swiftly in the direc tion of Trafalgar square. The constable, who knew him well, made a salute, and in reply to this salutation Mr. Constam made a brief comment on the beauty oi the evening, and wished the officer "good-night." And so that retreating figure, walking swiftly in the direction of Trafalgar square, in the golden haze of the summer night, was the last that was seen of Mr. Constam. He had disappeared, leaving no sign behind him, as effectually as if the earth had sud denly opened and swallowed him np. ( To be concluded next Saturday.) . GET OEF THE BEATEN PATHS. Snccets la Only Met Id Fresh Fields and Pastures New. Howard's Letter. Individuality is a totally different thing from originality. The great body of men go through life In ordinary ways, utilizing, as it were, the streetcar of transporta tion. A few have their own coupe. There are thousands upon thousands of common carrier vehicles to everyone individual con veyance. There are millions who use that which is common, when there arc but scores able to keep for their own special ac commodation, private means of going here or there. How many boys with whom you went to school, how many youths with whom you went to college, are known by name to-day to the communities in which they live. Kewspaper men, officials, if asked to give a thousand names from memory might do so. But if asked to name a thousand indi vidualities, by which I mean names of men who have made themselves felt in all the world during the past 20 years, the most ex pert would be palsied ere he had reached the third hundred. You see, as a rule, men don't amount to much. They are born, heaven knows why. They pass along the highways or the byways, in conspicuous, unattractive, unsuccessful, as a rule, and die. Kobody knows whence they came, what they are here for is a mon umental nuzzle and nobody knows where they go to. The dominies have great advantage over the rude and unlettered in that there is no possibility of demonstrating the falsity of their assertions. Ko one has as yet returned from any part, so far as we know, of the un discovered country, and the great problem which necessarily forces itself ever un solved upon every human mind is "is this the end?" The dominies say no, bnt that's their business. They are paid very well to say "Ko, this is not the end. There is a luture." As Mary Fisk said: "We don't believe much, but we hope a great deal," and in that pithy sentence is the concrete common sense result of centuries of thought. "We can't believe much, but we all hope a great deal. So that? "Well, it seems to me that the "so that" is obvious. Strike out, swim away from other men. Make your own record. "Don't ever lastingly be somebody else's lieutenant. Avoid beaten paths. If you can't make a spoon, at least spoil a horn in laudable en deavor. The second horn may not be spoiled. THE BALLOON FISH. A Strange Creature That Exploded When Exposed to the Air. Chicago Mall, j "You never saw a balloon 'fish?" queried the Virginia gentleman of a clerk. "Ko I never did; never even heard of one before." "1 never saw but one, and that one I caught while fishing off the dock at Kew port Kews, within almost a stone's throw of where the hulk of the old war ship Cumber land is said to repose. "When I landed the fish on the dock if was just an ordinary looking fish, but I found before I got the hook loose from its mouth that It was swell ing. I became so excited that I forgot to throw my hook 'and line back into the water. The fish kept swelling, and finally became as round as a ball. I was more astonished when its hide began to crack and it became evident to me that it was on the point of bursting. It seemed to be suffering great pain, As I did not caTe to witness the suffering any longer I pushed it off the dook with my foot. Ko sooner had it struck the water than it gained its normal condition and shot out of sight like a flash. I learned from a man who . said that he knew that the balloon fish conld 'not live many minutes out of the water; that they inhale the air, bnt were anable to exhale it, and therefore in its efforts to breath It con gested until it was only a question ot how great an air pressure its hide could with stand. Sooner or later it was bound to burst unless replaced in the water." HOW TO KILL A BEAR. An Old Blan Gives Advice to Yonng Men Who Go Hinting. Mew York Ban! "Yes. I 'spose I've killed more b'ars than any other man in the State of Penn sylvania," said the old man, as he pushed back his coonskin cap. "The total count is about SO, I believe." "You must have been in dangerous posi tions many times?" "You bet!" "I suppose that scar on your cheek was made by the claws of a bear?" "That scar? Oh.no. The old woman hit me thar with a splinter." "Your left eye is gone. Did a bear do that?" "Left eye? Oh, no. The old cow hooked that out," 'Titty bears is a good many. Some of them must have been old and fierce?" "You bet!" "I notice your right hand is crippled. I suppose a bear got it into bis month?" "Bight hand? Ob, no. I got that canght in a corn shelter." "You walk lame in one leg. Did that come from a tustle with a bear?" "One leg? Oh, no. I fell off a load of hay and broke my leg." "Well," persisted the questioner, "that scar over your right eye must have been made by a bear." "Eight eye? Yes, purty near being a b'ar. I rnn agin a beam in the barn is the dark." "Then you were never hugged, chawed, nor clawed by a bear?" quried the reporter in disgust "By a bear. Oh, no." I "But you have killed 50?" "Yes, an even 50." "How did it happen that you, were never harmed?" . "Harmed? Oh, I always shot 'em at least 40 rods off, or first got "em into a trap and shot 'em ar'terwards. Don't never let a b'ar come nigh'to you, young man they's dangerous.". EXPANSE IBM OBJECT. Two Bands Entertain Twelve Guests at the Ponce de Leon Hotel Curious stories come from Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine. Mr. Flagler's ex penditure there now amounts to nearly $6,000,000. Early in January there were only 12 guests in the hotel. At the same time two bands were engaged in the hotel. One is a Spanish band thatplaysdnring the dinner hour on man dolins and sings quaint Spanish songs. The other is a famous Kew York band, play ing in the courts, and for the morn ing and evening concerts. Mr. Seavey, the manager of the hotel, wrote Mr. Flagler, and suggested that as here were only 12 guests in the house he dis-J pense with one or the bands. Mr. Flagler wrote back that he didn't want any sugges tions from Mr. Seavey as to how expenses could be decreased, bnt if he had anything to say as to how the. attractiveness of the hotel could be increased he would be glad to hear from him. Mr. Flagler does not seem discouraged. He has just bought the railroad running from St. Augustine to Falatka and from St. Augustine to Jacksonville. last Sunday he changed both of these to broad-gauge roads aiid shortened the schednle more than half. He is going to build a bridge over the St. Johns, so that the vestibule trains can run into St. Augustine from Kew York without transfer. He is building an opera house in St Augustine at a rost of (300,000, a magnificent church, and a Union depot that will cost about $200,000. This depot he will surround with a superb park. He i Caving every street running to the hotel with asphalt at his own expense. In short, he is determined to make St. Au gustine the grandest pleasure resort on earth. His Russian baths in the Alcazar cost $300,000, and are luxurious beyond de scription. He says he will spend $10,000, 000 before he has completed his pleasure plant to suit his ideas. HOW BjQ BIED3 AEE FED. Feasting an Wfalts Rats The Dainty Dishes at the Zoo. Philadelphia BecMd. J Sunday is feast day for the birds of prey that live in the big cages at the Zoo. "While their favorite dish would scarcely repose with grace upon an American dining table, it is regarded as a dainty morsel by the slant-eyed sons of Confucius. His favored dish is white rat. The Chinaman likes it cooked, bnt the big condors, vnltures ana" eagles prefer it served raw and whole. The birds await their Sunday feast 'of white rat with ravenous impatience, and many valiant struggles for the toothsome rat take place within tbe cage. Head Keeper Byrne sets his traps for white rats all over the gardens, and when Sunday comes he repairs to the cage with the feast. Immediately upon scenting his approach, tbe birds begin to screech, and their in cisure is a confused mass ot flapping wings and gaping beaks. The rats are thrown in alive one by one, and with lightning qnickness a sharp hooked beak buries itself in the rodent's flesh as soon as his body touches the ground. The big ones get tbe choice, and feast in peace until (he smaller hawks get their eyes on the prey. Then, with a swoop, they snatch the morsel from tbe larger birds, and an interesting struggle ensues between agility and strength. "When several rats are thus being contested for the conflict is bloody, and, as Keeper Byrne puts it, there are enongh flying feathers to start a feather foundry. A reporter witnessed such a scene last Sunday, and it took the 50 birds about 20 minutes to fight over and dispose of a bushel of white rats. AN OLD-TIME TEICK. Beating Poller With Pigeons How a Player Made a Fortune. Albany Jonrnal.1 In the old days before the telegraph a man in Greenbush, K. Y., who was infatu ated with lottery polioy as it was then plaved, hit on a plan of "beating the game." Tbe returns of drawiugs were then received in Kew York some hours in advance of the Albany agent's receipt of them, and it oc curred to him to try heading off the mail with carrier pigeons. So very secretly he secured a couple of pair of homers, and when the time for the next drawing ap proached shipped them to Kew York. A relative in Kew York secured the drawing as it arrived, and fastening a slip contain ing it properly secured about each pigeon's neck, let them loose. They arrived in Albany far in advance of the mail, and the Greenbush man investing heavily on the numbers thus received nearly bankrupted the policy men on his first essay. He worked It more guardedly thereafter, but they finally tumbled, and placing upon him the'sobriquet of "I fly," he retained it to bis death. His winnings were at least $100. 000. The Cane as a Weapon. NewXoikBua.j "The way to use your cane," said a noted foreigner the other day, "is not to strike with it as ii it were a club. Thai is of so little use that it is doubtful if it would not be wrenched away from you the first blow you tried to strike. Yon can make a cane the most ugly and vicious of weapons by simply punching with it. You bold the handle in yonr right hand and use your left hand merely to guide the point. Then jab with it at your assailant's stomach, neck, or face, accordingly as you want to hurt him. He cannot get the cane away from you, and cannot get within arm's reach of you." SPECIAL KAIL HATES. A Vicious System That leads to Violations of the Law. WHERE THE! WOEE INJUSTICE. Pacts About the Special Iron Tariff East of tbe Mississippi. A STUDY OP THE G0YEESI5G BCALB rWBJTTXjr rOB TH D18PATCH.1 The officials of the railways east of tha Mississippi river and north of the Kewport News and Mississippi Valley system have shown more of a disposition to comply with, the law than those of any other part oi the United States. Yet even here we often find the spirit of the law violated. This h moat frequently done by the vicious system of special rates. Formerly it was the custom to make special rates for individuals or firms. This has been superseded by the cus tom of.making special rates on commodities and for localities. It is proper that freight should be classified and charged according to its comparative bulk, weight and value. Thus drygoods are classed higher than nails, and whisky higher than kerosene. Dry goods are usually packed in shape conven ient to handle, and their weight proportion ate to bulk is such as to make what is called good freight; but their value is much greater per pound than nails, and they are liable to damage by wet, collision, fire and stealage, while nails are scarcely liable to damage at all, hence the carrier is justified in charging less for carrying nails than for carrying dry goods. These qualities in freight are all taken into consideration in classifying. Bnt it is too otten the case that special rates are made on certain commodities much lower than tbe regular rate applicable to the class to which they belong, the other commodities of the same class being charged at the regular rate. This is dis crimination. A PLAGBANT CASE or" this discrimination is the "special iron tar iff" now in forceNin all the railroads in this territory. "What is known as the"official clas sification" governs in this territory. In it bar iron, steel, nails, spikes, bolts, nuts and kindred articles are rated as fifth class. Pig iron, brick, lumber and a few other articles as sixth class. Sometime ago the officials of the leading roads out of Pittsburg were con vinced that the iron rates were too high. 'I his was true; but it was also true that the scale was too high. My meaning can ba better explained by giving instances. The present scale of rates, Pittsburg to Chicago is first class, 42$c, second 37Uc, third 27e, fourth 20c, filth 17c, sixth 15o per 100 lbs, governed by official classification; thus bar iron, steel nails, etc. were 20c per hun dred pounds in small lots, and 17c in car loads. Pig iron, brick, etc., 15o in carloads. The fact that the rates on iron were too high proved that the fifth and sixth classes were too high. They should have been reduced. Instead of that a special tariff was made on iron and steel articles, placing them in fifth class small lots, and sixth class carloads, bnt leaving other articles where they were. This was unjust. II iron is entitled to a rate of 15 cents per hnndred pounds in car loads from Pittsburg to Chicago, there are other articles (those classed regularly as sixth class) which are entitled to a lower rate, and it is discrimination against the shippers of those commodities not to place them relatively where they belong. ABOUT GOVERTSISO RATES. Bates between Kew York and Chicago are what may be termed governing rates, that is to say, all other rates are based on them. Thus the rates from Pittsburg to Chicago are based on a certain percentage of the scale from Kew York to Chicago and rates from Pittsburg to Cincinnati, Louisville, Hast St. Louis,Peoria, etc, are based on a certain percentage above or below the scale, Pittsburg to Chicago. Hence; the latter scale is a fair one to use as an illustration. A study of this scale will expose a clever method of discriminating against this terri tory, without antagonizing tbe inter-State commerce law. Bv referrintr to the finre given above, it will be seen that the six classes, Pittsburg to Chicago, are respect tively, 42, 37J4, 27V, 20, 17 and 15 cents per 100 pounds. The distance is 468 miles. A freight man will tell you that for the dis tance the first three classes are too low, and tbe last two classes too high. A proper proportioned scale makes first class about four times sixth class. Why then are these figures used? Hero is the whole secret; Kew York ships west large quantities of high class freight and comparatively small quantities of low class. This' territory ships west large quantities of low class freight and comparatively little high class. Hence the basing scale of rates, Kew Yqrk to Chicago, is made to favor Kew York shippers, tbe higher classes of the scale cnt down, tbe lower classes held no. Thns the territory producing large tonnage of low class freight pays more than its pro portion toward the support of the railroads in order that the territory shipping large quantities of high class freight may pay less than its proportion. I give below the present scale of rates, Pittsburg to Chicago, compared with what the writer thinks would be a proper one: Present scale 12 37V Z1V 20 mi 15 Aproperscale....5U 40 SO 20 15 U The inter-State commerce law would be improved byaprovisiou compelling railway companies to classify all freight, to publish rates in scales ot classes only and when they changed the rate on a commodity to change the class or the scale. This would prevent' special rates and be a great saving of labor and expense to the railways themselves as well as justice to the patrons. Special rates are a species of special legislation and special legislation is always unjust. Ton Shea. A TLOT FOR A PLAT. Marriage as Affected by Longtltnde, m. Carloas Question. T. Adolphus Trollope, in a communica tion to Notes and Queries, propounds a knotty point that might be worked up into a subject for a drama, a farce or a comlo opera. It is put in all seriousness, how ever, as a question of law. A. B. goes from London to Naples, leaving his wife resident in the former city. Bnt he, unfortunately, falls in love with a young lady at Kaples; and being a wicked man, with no fear of God and little fear of the law before his eyes, he determines to deceive her by a bigamous and Invalid marriage. He is accordingly married, to all appearance legally, on board an English, man-of-war in the bay, in the presence of the captain, at 11 o'clock in the morning of February 10 the time being unquestlona-' bly ascertained. Bnt the wife left in Lon don died on the same February 10 at 10:30 in the morning, the time being certified be yond all question. "Well, the case is clear and simple. A. B. had been a widower tor half an hour when he married and could, of course, legally do so. But say I "When it was 1030 in London it was 1123 in Kaples. Had a telegram been dispatched instantly after the wife's death it wonld have reached Kaples a few minutes later than 1123, and would have found A. B. a married man of over 20 min utes' standing! His first wife died, in fact 23 minutes subsequent to the Kaples mar riage, though that was authentically de dared to have taken place at 11 A, 21., aa the wife's death was with equal certain t shown to have occurred at 1030. "Was th marriage legal and valid or bigamous and null?